Pop culture references are woven throughout the entire fabric of this sporting culture including bout names, player names, and team names. One way of integrating pop culture and local culture references is through the use of puns. This particular bout from April 2011 pays tribute to David Bowie’s Space Oddity but also pays homage to the physical exercise taking place and the use of the quadricep muscles.
Roller derby dismantles what it means to be ‘feminine’. It mixes adrenaline with ferocity and the provocative. It used to be that players would wear outfits similar to the one depicted in the artwork above. Shorts and skirts were paired with fishnet tights and tank tops. This is often illustrated in the graphics and artwork of roller derby bout programmes, posters, leaflets, and ephemeral materials such as postcards and stickers etc.
In response to the increasing brutality of the sport, players wear helmets, knee and elbow pads, and wrist guards to help minimise injury. However, players show off their track rash and bruises proudly and it has become such a huge part of the roller derby sporting culture, which is now predominantly female led.
Roller derby is a grassroots sport which is built, developed, promoted, and fundraised by the players and supporters. This DIY attitude has fostered a very welcoming, inclusive, and diverse community. LGBT+ rights are supported and fought for within this sport and the LGBT+ community have found a home in roller derby, which supports their sexuality and genders.
As January sees Rabbie Burns day celebrated across Scotland, this programme seems a perfect fit for January’s object of the month. This particular bout is named after the fishnet rash that players often get from the viciousness and friction in the game.
Tis the season to be jolly and while 2020 hasn’t been the year that anyone wished for, we here at GWL hope you have a lovely festive season (whilst sticking within the rules of course!) and lang may your lum reek!
There are over 20 leagues in Scotland alone, and Scotland has partaken in three World Cups. In the 2015 British Championships, Glasgow Roller Derby won the top spot with Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Roller Girls coming in second.
The players really put their blood, sweat, and tears into roller derby – and not just on the track. The publication showcases the very creative and artistic illustrations, photography, graphic designs, and articles from members of the roller derby community.
Roller Derby dismantles what it means to be ‘feminine’. It mixes adrenaline and ferocity with the provocative. Often, players names are derived from pop-culture references and the bouts are no different. This specific programme draws from the classic romantic genre Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.
Roller Derby was born from humble beginnings back in 1933 by Leo Seltzer. As he scribbled down rules on a table cloth in a restaurant in Chicago, he envisioned both men and women competing in a marathon type race – a race of stamina and speed. Initially roller derby was not a rough contact sport and was more similar to the dance marathons that were popping up at the time. Popularity for the game increased during 1930s depression era and it payed relatively well with good benefits. But for women, it was something more. It was a chance to to see women compete in equal measure to men in a sport.